Topic: Cordiner Newlove

Topic type:

A soldier of the Great War killed in action during the battle for Messines.

Newlove, C.

Rifleman Cordiner  Newlove - 21877

Cordiner  Newlove was born 4 February 1887 at Dunsandel, eldest son of Mark Henry and Margaret Newlove. He was educated at the Dunsandel School and for many years he worked on his father's farm then in Southland. He also owned a team and did contract work in the Rakaia and Methven, districts. Two years before enlistment he bought a farm at Lauriston but, responding to the call of duty, he sold his farm for the purpose of joining the Sixteenth Reinforcements. He was notable locally for his height, as it was reported that he stood 6ft 2in in his stockings. In 1944, in a farewell speech to Cordiner’s departing airman nephew, Mr Sheat referred to Rifleman Cordiner Newlove, and commented that he had been held back from serving in the trenches in the war on account of his height but had persisted in his endeavours to serve in the front line and eventually made the supreme sacrifice for king and country at Messines on June 7, 1917. His medical report lists his height at 6ft 4in with medium complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.

Cordiner enlisted at Trentham on 3rd May 1916 and was assigned to the Rifle Brigade, 7th Reinforcements. He embarked on 20th August on board the Mokia at Dunedin bound for England and disembarked at Devonport on 24th October 1916 and marched into Sling Camp the same day. He left for France a few weeks later on 15 November and reached base depot at Etaples the next day. He was posted to A Company on 8th December 1916. He was killed in action on 7th June 1917 with the 4th Battalion, aged 31, in the battle for Messines. In New Zealand he is remembered on the Southbridge Plaque of the Ellesmere County War Memorial as well as the Dunsandel and Ashburton War Memorials.

His death was even more tragic for it appears he had given up the chance of wife and family.  His will makes the bequest of money to Hilda Clinton, daughter of James Clinton of Lauriston and in turn she inserted an In Memoriam notice in 1919 remembering him “There is a link death cannot sever, Sweet remembrance lasts forever.”


CWGC Cemetery locale history: Messines (now Mesen) was considered a strong strategic position, not only from its height above the plain below, but from the extensive system of cellars under the convent known as the 'Institution Royale'. The village was taken from the 1st Cavalry Division by the German 26th Division on 31 October-1 November 1914. An attack by French troops on 6 -7 November was unsuccessful and it was not until the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917 that it was retaken by the New Zealand Division. On 10-11 April 1918, the village fell into German hands once more after a stubborn defence by the South African Brigade, but was retaken for the last time on 28-29 September 1918. The MESSINES RIDGE (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL stands within Messines Ridge British Cemetery and commemorates over 800 soldiers of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force who died in or near Messines in 1917 and 1918 and who have no known grave. This is one of seven memorials in France and Belgium to those New Zealand soldiers who died on the Western Front and whose graves are not known. The memorials are all in cemeteries chosen as appropriate to the fighting in which the men died. MESSINES RIDGE BRITISH CEMETERY, in which this memorial stands, occupies ground that belonged to the 'Institution Royale'. It was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefield around Messines and from a number of small burial grounds in the area. The dates of death of those buried here range from October 1914 to October 1918, but the majority died in the fighting of 1917. There are now 1,531 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 954 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate a number of casualties known or believed to be buried among them, or who were buried in other cemeteries where their graves were destroyed by shell fire. Both cemetery and memorial were designed by Charles Holden

Discuss This Topic

There are 0 comments in this discussion.

join this discussion

Cordiner Newlove

First Names:Cordiner
Last Name:Newlove
Date of Birth:4 February1887
Place of Birth:Dunsandel
Date of Death:7 June 1917
Place of Death:Messines, Belgium
Memorial or Cemetery:Messines Ridge New Zealand Memorial to the Missing, Belgium
Age at death:31
User Name:Selwyn Library
Occupation before enlisting:Farmer
Marital Status:Single
Nominal Roll:38/35
Regiment or Service:New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Country:New Zealand
Enlistment details:3 May 1916
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of Mark Henry and Margaret Newlove, of Dunsandel, Canterbury.
Service Number:21877
Rank last held:Rifleman
Embarkation:21 August 1916
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Theatres of War:Western Front
Cause of Death:Killed in action